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Villa’s Watkins admits his Irons admiration

West Ham’s most wanted striker target, Ollie Watkins, has opened up on the rise of the Irons and his ambitions in the game.

The 26 year old is a target for David Moyes but his Aston Villa  manager Steven Gerrard has made it clear the club simply won’t let him move.

The former Brentford star has managed 11 goals and one assist this season and in an interview has paid special attention to the rise of the Hammers and is obviously very impressed with our progress.

He makes no comment on his own feelings about being linked with us but his remarks appear to demonstrate that we are providing what he wants from his career.

And despite Villa’s intransigent attitude towards a possible switch we can be pretty well assured that Moyes will have another go in the summer

Speaking to The Guardian Watkins declares: I know I can get up to around 20 goals in this league and hopefully I can do that next year. Scoring that amount puts you into a different category. You start to be seen as one of the ‘killers’ in front of goal.

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Watkins went on to analyse the rise of West Ham when discussing his and the clubs ambitions for the future. He spoke about Gerrard pushing the squad and said: “He [Gerrard] worked hard as a player and he demands that from us.

 This is a top, top club, a massive club and with the right investment we can easily be doing what West Ham are doing this year. Hopefully next season we will really push on.”

We can make our own minds up on whether that’s a hint or not!

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